This month’s Yankee magazine features a story by Bill McKibben about the Farmers Diner, a Quechee, VT-based restaurant where I recently ate a mediocre grilled cheese sandwich. At the Farmers Diner, even the music on the jukebox is local, and a t-shirt for sale features a quote from past CC board member Joan Gussow: “I prefer butter to margarine because I trust cows more than chemists.” The idea of starting Farmers Diners all over the country–using the ingredients of the particular regions–is a compelling one, but we wonder, as McKibben did, can you get big and stay local at the same time?